Kaiser Health News reports that most Americans avoid making important end-of-life decisions, called Advance Care Planning, because it can be uncomfortable and the paperwork confusing.
Rebecca Sudore, a geriatrician at the University of California-San Francisco, created prepareforyourcare.org, which provides step-by-step instructions and video stories to help people navigate the care they want at the end of their lives. She built the site in 2013 for families unsure how to broach sensitive questions. In a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine in May 2017, she and other researchers found that the website, combined with the use of an “advance directive” form, prompted participants to plan ahead.
The website gained the attention of major charities and since that time the organiztion has gained financial support from foundations such as the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, California Health Care Foundation, Stupski Foundation, as well as the American Cancer Society, California Health Care Foundation, The Donaghue Foundation, John and Wauna Harman Foundation, National Institute on Aging, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, UCSF, and Veterans Health Services Research & Development.
Visit the PREPARE website to have them help you
- Have a voice in YOUR medical care
- Talk with your doctors
- Give your family and friends peace of mind
- Print a summary of your wishes
- You can also fill out an easy-to-read advance directive